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Four candidates to stand in UBP leadership race this weekend

This weekend, National Unity Party (UBP) members will get the chance to vote for their new leader, a role vacated last October when Ersin Tatar became President of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. Four candidates are standing: Hasan Taçoy and Faiz Sucuoğlu, who were through to the run-off last year before the election was […]

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TRNC coalition government collapses after PM Ersan Saner tenders his resignation

The minority government in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus collapsed on Wednesday, following Prime Minister Ersan Saner formally tendering his resignation. After seeing President Ersin Tatar, Prime Minister Saner told the press waiting at the TRNC White House: “I have just submitted my resignation as I observe that the government is no longer sustainable. […]

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UK now accepts Turkish Covid-19 vaccination programme, but TRNC certificates still excluded

Turkey is now among the countries whose coronavirus vaccination programme are recognised by the United Kingdom. The expanded list, which includes 37 new countries and territories including Turkey, came into force on Monday 11 October. People fully vaccinated in Turkey with a UK-approved vaccine will no longer have to quarantine when they arrive in Britain. They […]

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Two North Cyprus universities listed on The Times World University Rankings 2022

The newly published Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 includes two universities from the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC), Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) and debutant Near East University (NEU). The two universities are listed under “Northern Cyprus”, while three institutions in the South of the island are tabled as “Cyprus”. According to The […]

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Environmental group Avli calls on both sides in Cyprus to ‘rise to occasion and coordinate a response to the Baniyas Oil Spill’

A massive oil leak from a faulty power plant in Syria continues to threaten the eastern coastline of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. The Turkish Cypriot government has turned to Turkey for help, while side-stepping offers of assistance from neighbouring South Cyprus. Although the situation appears under control, changing wind and sea currents have […]

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Over half of all prisoners in North Cyprus are foreigners

Foreigners are increasingly behind crimes being committed in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC), according to a report by Turkish Cypriot daily Yenidüzen (584 mahkumun 315’i, 40 farklı ülkeden!, 21 Aug. 2021). According to the paper, there are a total of 584 offenders currently jailed for crimes committed or are suspects being held on remand […]